and producer Sheila Tousey (Menominee
and Stockbridge Munsee) has appeared in numerous films,
plays, and television series. Her reoccurring television roles
have included Emma Leaphorn, for the PBS series Mystery!
and Judge Danielle Larsen in NBC's Law and Order: Special Victims
Unit. She has appeared as Older Thunderheart Woman for the
TNT mini-series Into the West, Janine in the ABC production
Dreamkeeper, and Mollie in HBO's Grand Avenue. In
2001 Tousey co-produced Kate Montgomery's film Christmas in
the Clouds. Tousey twice received the best supporting actress
award from First Americans in the Arts, in 2002 for her performance
as Emma Leaphorn in the PBS program Skinwalkers, (Mystery!),
and in 2000 for her performance as Martha in the feature film
Ravenous. Tousey's first starring role was playing Maggie
Eagle Bear in Michael Apted's Thunderheart (1992). In 2000
she performed in Sam Shepard's play The Late Henry Moss,
opposite Nick Nolte, Sean Penn, Cheech Marin, and Woody Harrelson.
She has performed with American Indian Dance Theatre in New York.
Tousey was educated at New York University's Tisch School of the
Arts and the University of New Mexico. She was born on the Menominee
reservation in Keshena, Wisconsin.
Screened by NMAI
Image credits: Sheila
Tousey - courtesy of the Film and Video Center, NMAI